Friday, August 29, 2014

CURLY and the ART of REDUCTION


A very old guy once told me that he liked a country song about a card game that said this:

"You have to know when to hold them, when to fold them, when to walk away, and when to run."

Problem:

That kind of wisdom at the moment you need it is nearly impossible to calculate. Simply no one is that smart.

So - One Thing:

A precondition and presupposition: - it is a beautiful natural world with wonderful creatures and people - who are also finite and radically messed up. A mixed-bag, this world. 

People will tell the truth, withhold the truth, and lie.

And people will 'act' in times of ethical tension or crisis - (hold them, fold them, walk, run)

Each person will have a priority item, something that is the most important thing for them.

Example - if relationships - then they will act based on the preservation or promotion of that general priority. They will 'know' instinctively in the moment what they should do and do it - tell the truth, withhold the truth, or lie.

Example - if money and status - then they will act based on the preservation or promotion of that general priority. They will 'know' instinctively in the moment what they should do and then do it - tell the truth, withhold the truth, or lie.

Etc.

One thing. Risk is involved in either case (or whatever fills the priority item - those are just two examples).

Back to the precondition and presupposition that it is a fallen world:

The question can become - Is the priority item a force in opposition to the flow and nature of life? (positive or 'for good')

Or is the priority item a force that goes with the natural flow of life.